Plein Air Group 2019

LAA is pleased to announce the 2019 June and July schedule for plein air painters. The eight-week session will run on Tuesday mornings (with the exception of July 22, which is a Monday) from 9:00 am-noon and features a mix of venues, many of which are private or require permission. At the first meeting, the group will discuss their desire to do a group critique at the end of each day’s session and/or their desire to find a local place to have lunch. The group will not meet on July 2nd.

Click here to download a printable copy of schedule.

Tuesday, June 4
Hessel/ Dahl Residence

26-1 Mount Archer Road, Lyme

Sue Hessel and Karen Dahle have graciously invited us back to their grounds. Members will remember it as the location of the 2017 Fall Paint-out. The home and gardens are located at the edge of a waterfall. Mount Archer is north of Hamburg Cove, off of Rt 156. Make a left onto Mt Archer and then another left after crossing the small bridge. Their house is on the left.

Anyone wanting to socialize at lunch to meet at the Hideaway in Old Lyme at 12:15.

Tuesday, June 11
Tiffany Farm

156 Sterling City Rd, Lyme

The silos, barns and fields are an iconic landmark. As it is a working farm, be prepared to be painting in “rustic” conditions (e.g. wear old shoes). Going north on Rt 156, make a right onto Sterling City Rd; the farm will be on your right. Lunch spot to be determined.

Tuesday, June 18
Reynolds Subaru

268 Hamburg Rd, Lyme

Reynolds has a prime location on inner Hamburg Cove that provides many views of interest. They have tables set up along the Cove’s edge. As parking is limited, please car-pool from LAA or drop your supplies off and park your car at the Fair Ground lot immediately across the street from the dealership. Toilet facilities available. Lunch spot to be determined.

Tuesday, June 25
Essex Yacht Club
13 Novelty Lane, Essex

Maura Cochran has arranged to have us paint at the Essex Yacht Club. The views from the back bulkhead are of Middle Cove and the town of Essex, while the side yards provide views of the Connecticut River and Thatchbed. Those that want to paint at the foot of Main, or elsewhere in Essex, can join the group for lunch at the Yacht Club at 12:15 (credit cards accepted). Toilet facilities both at EYC and by the gazebo on the town green.

Please let Maura know in advance if you are coming to lunch so that she can make a reservation; email her at

Tuesday, July 8
Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Preserve

45 Shore Rd, Old Lyme
Watch Rock is a 25-acre preserve on the Duck River, a tributary of the Connecticut River. The unimpeded views from the preserve across tidal wetlands towards Great Island, the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound are breathtaking. Facilities are rudimentary (port-a-potty). Lunch site to be determined.

Tuesday, July 16
Scott’s Farm Stand

81 Plains Rd, Essex

Scott’s farm stand offers views of their fields of flowers as well as greenhouses and farm buildings. It was such a popular location two years ago we went back twice. Toilets across the road at a gas station. Lunch to be determined.

Monday, July 22
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

It’s just not summer without a trip to the Flo Gris. The gardens will be in their glory and the river never disappoints. Please park in the “far (staff) lot” and sign in at the registration desk. Depending on how many stay for lunch at their café we may need to break into smaller tables. Toilets available after 10 AM.

While we are confirmed on that date, please note that their new policy requires artists to call a few days before showing up to paint. No painting on the porch or wet art inside.


Tuesday, July 30
McCulloch Farm
Whippoorwill Rd, Old Lyme (street address coming soon)
The Town of Old Lyme is purchasing this 300 acre farm with fields, forests and open space. As toilets have yet to be installed, we can come back to LAA if need be. Lunch spot to be determined.

Please send any inquiries, questions or suggestions to Maura Cochran by email at or cell phone 860 549-5000.

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